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Zelensky in Washington, Putin wants to strengthen his army

► Zelensky expected in Washington on Wednesday for an already historic visit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has not left his country since Russia invaded on February 24, will be received at the White House on Wednesday by Joe Biden before addressing the US Congress during a visit already historic.

Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the United States underlines that Washington will support Ukraine “as long as it takes”said the spokeswoman for the American executive.

Joe Biden to announce new aid “meaningful” to Ukraine, which will include a Patriot missile battery, advanced air defense equipment.

► Russia will continue to develop its military potential, including nuclear

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his country would continue to develop its military potential, including the “combat readiness” of its nuclear forces, in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine and the crisis with the West.

For example, he announced the entry into service ” early January “ new Russian Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles, which belong to the new family of armaments developed in recent years by Moscow.

For his part, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said he judged ” necessary “ to increase the size of its army to 1.5 million soldiers and to raise the age limit for military service, in the context of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

► New US arms deliveries will “aggravate” the conflict, according to the Kremlin

The Kremlin estimated on Wednesday that further US arms deliveries to Ukraine will only” aggravate “ the conflict with Russia, while Volodymyr Zelensky is expected in Washington.

“All this certainly leads to an escalation of the conflict and does not bode well for Ukraine”said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to new arms deliveries to kyiv.


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